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December 7, 2010 at 5:00 AM

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A date which will live in infamy | Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor

Posted by Kevin Fujii

U.S. NAVY / AP

The USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo.

These 69-year-old photographs mark the moment the United States was catapulted into World War II. Historical images like these are important documents to share with generations that follow. On this day, we remember our fellow countrymen who perished in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and thank those who served to protect our freedom. And, as photographers, we thank those who thought to document the chaos of the scene.

DOD / AP

This Dec. 7, 1941 file photo provided by the Dept. of Defense shows the USS California, right, after being struck by two battleships and two big bombs during a Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. A small Japanese aircraft is visible above the deck of the damaged ship.

HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES

The USS California is seen on fire after an attack by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES

An aerial view of the U.S. Hawaiian Air Base at Wheeler Airfield is seen burning after the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This photograph was taken by a Japanese bomber during the attack.

GETTY

A small boat rescues sailors on Dec. 7, 1941, from the USS West Virginia after she had suffered a hit in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Tennessee, Bb-43, is inboard of the sunken battle ship.

AP

In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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